The first of the new turf for the outfield at Nevil Road was laid down earlier today.
At 9.30am contractors began the relaying process for what everyone hopes will be the dawn of a new era. The event marks the final stage of the outfield development which saw a new drainage system installed, aided by a sizable grant from the ECB.
The hope is that a month will be sufficient period for the new turf to bed in, with the contractors - who relaid Ascot racecourse - having prepaid the soil to enable the the grass to root quickly.
The shire now have a new outfield, new kit, but only one new player. While the re-signing of long-standing experienced players has been positive news, members continue to wait for a major addition to the squad to provide evidence of the club's commitment to producing a cricket team worth following.
Hopefully we only have 10 days to wait until wheels begin to turn. On Monday 2nd March John Bracewell will walk back into the County Ground amid much anticipation of his impact in the second-coming of the man who led the county to much success around the turn of the century.